Almost two centuries of the American immigrant experience can be explored through the recently acquired database, Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971. When complete, this collection will provide full-text access to more than 130 newspapers published in ten languages and will represent a diverse range of ethnic groups.
European immigrants are the main emphasis of the collection, with particular coverage of Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, and Welsh publications, but Japanese Americans and other ethnic groups are also represented.
Ethnic American Newspapers is drawn from the collections of the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. As part of the Readex series of ethnic newspaper databases, it complements existing collections, African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 and Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980. These collections may be searched separately or cross-searched across the America’s Historical Newspapers platform.
Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection can be accessed through the alphabetical database list, searched by title in the catalog, or found in the “Newspapers (Historical)—Most Useful” database subject category.